Picture this...it's July 2012, my partner in crime and I head to the movies so we can see what all the hoopla is with the new "male stripper movie." Being the only two males in the audience, we cower in the back row, far away from the loud female frenzy and boisterous cackling that hasn't been seen at the movies since "Sex and the City" was released.
Rest assured, "Magic Mike" can now be seen on Blu-ray for home viewing for those that were too chicken to see it at the theater. My reaction to it on the silver screen remains the same on the small screen: it just doesn't have the magic its title implies.
From its very first camera shot of Matthew McConaughey's bare glistening torso, "Magic Mike" titillates the audience and promises to show lots of skin. It rarely happens. Oh there's a male bare butt here and there (mostly from Tatum) but "Striptease,, err "Magic Mike" doesn't have any of the 'bow chica wow wow' expected from such a hot male cast.
This loosely based story of star Channing Tatum's job as a male stripper coasts along on a thin plot: Mike (Tatum) takes Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and teaches him the art of male stripping. A subplot involving drugs, a move to Miami, and Mike's tepid romance with Adam's sister Brooke (Cody Horn) all end up nowhere.
The 8 dance sequences are choreographed nicely, yet one doesn't get to know the inside profession of male stripping. The movie works best in its improvisational style, and Cody Horn's understated acting is better than any of the pouting and prancing from the male actors.
For a film that made a boatload of cash and got Hollywood abuzz, the special features on the Blu-ray are unspectacular. Boasting "hot new fully extended dance scenes" on the Blu-ray box, there are three deleted scenes that should've been left in the final film cut. "Magic Mike's" three overlooked babes, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Adam Rodriguez all get their own solo dance sequence.
"Dance Play Mode" plays the dance sequences back-to-back from the film.
"Backstage on Magic Mike" is a 7-minute behind the scenes that talks with the actors on how they learned their sexy dance moves.
"Magic Mike" suffers from an unrepeated viewing syndrome...skip the Blu-ray purchase and leave your memory of it at the theater.
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